Allred shoots 71 in first round

VALDOSTA, Ga. — Jason Allred, in the field on a sponsor's exemption, shot a 1-under-par 71 in the first round of the Tour's South Georgia Classic Thursday.

The Ashland native birdied his final two holes and is tied for 41st place entering today's second round at the Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.

On his round, Allred had five birdies and four bogeys.

He tees off on No. 10 at 9:05 a.m. EDT today with playing partners Wes Roach and Franklin Corpening.

Rookie Ryan Spears fired a bogey-free, 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead.

Spears was nearly flawless through his first 13 holes, chalking up six birdies and needing only 14 putts to reach the top of the leaderboard. The former Wichita State star finished with five straight two-putt pars and a one-stroke lead.

Tennessee's Philip Pettitt Jr. is at 5-under 67, along with Troy Merritt and California rookie Bhavik Patel.

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